Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after pension bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School is one of four language academies in Chicago that offers language courses such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish as a part of its daily curriculum. A group of parents and educators whose students attend language academies have now proposed a Chicago Language(…)

Feds to help investigate racist Facebook post at University of Chicago

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Federal authorities are helping the University of Chicago investigate after someone anonymously hacked into a student’s Facebook account and posted a violent and racist message last Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a student group alleging the university has a campus culture that is hostile to minority students. President(…)

Hyde Parker Marlene Van Kley Vellinga dies

Hyde Park resident and active volunteer Marlene Van Kley Vellinga has died. Vellinga sat on the board of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and was a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Hunger Programs. For at least more than a decade Vellinga played a crucial role in helping to unload monthly food deliveries to(…)

Hyde Park man charged with shooting death

A Hyde Park man was charged following a fatal shooting on the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue last night. Paris D. Walker-Rush, 25, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Walker-Rush, who lives on the 5200 block of South Cornell, was arrested(…)

Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after Illinois pension reform bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He may(…)

CHPV to hold opening gala

CHPV to hold opening gala

The Chicago Hyde Park Village opening gala will take place at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the South Side YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave. CHPV is an organization that offers help, advice and referrals to older residents in Hyde Park who want to remain in their homes as they age. Highlights of the event(…)

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Love Unity and Values (LUV) Institute has expanded its entrepreneurial program to include at-risk boys and girls from across the Mid-South Side. This year the LUV Institute is employing 14 boys and girls from Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Oakwood. They will work part-time paid jobs(…)

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has steered clear of Level 3 low-performing status but has to continue to work on improving its scores, especially in the area of math, said Ray Principal Megan Thole Thursday evening at the “State of the School” address. In November 2013 then-interim principal Toni Hill told(…)

Police issue Hyde Park burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police recently warned Hyde Park residents about a string of burglaries in October and November. In each instance the burglar enters through the rear door or basement of a building, usually in the daytime or afternoon but during all hours. Incidents have been reported on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on(…)

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park could be well underway by next month. The 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats will kick off with invasive tree removal on the north end of the park and the replacement of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon, which is(…)

Kenwood Academy principal awarded CPS fellowship

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones is one of 21 educators selected as part of the first-ever Chicago Public Schools Principal Fellowship Program. a The program, which is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northwestern University and is supported by an investment from the Chicago Public(…)

U. of C. police send out alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department alerted residents yesterday after a student was the victim of a burglary near campus. At 2:45 p.m. Monday a student was walking southbound on Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s computer, computer bag and iPhone(…)

U. of C. to discuss Obama Library with Jackson Park council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council and the University of Chicago have scheduled a meeting to talk about the Obama Presidential Library. The meeting is scheduled for January, though the agenda is being kept under wraps. “As part of the collaborative effort to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South(…)

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A10 is Hyde Park’s latest restaurant to be recognized by Michelin. Last week A10 received a Bib Gourmand, a prestigious Michelin award separate from the tire maker’s coveted stars, which are given yearly to moderately-priced restaurants. Michelin began awarding Chicago restaurants stars and Bib Gourmands in 2011. Until this year(…)

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day was largely uneventful this year in Hyde Park, although one polling place encountered a minor snag. All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election last week — each of them Democrats — will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to honor supporters, artists at November gala

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will honor several members of the arts community at its 75th anniversary gala this month, on Nov. 21. Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill will be named cultural leaders, in recognition for their years of commitment to theater, dance, the arts and literature. Sagan(…)